One of the most alarming facts is that the US is a country with one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the world. In the past ten years that number has been declining, but we are still one of the top countries when teen pregnancy is in question.
According to recent studies it was concluded that:
- One out of three teenagers will become pregnant before the age of 20, which is a decrease from 2002 when the teen pregnancy rate was 4 out of 10 teenagers
- From that number of teens only one third will have a high school diploma
- According to research done by National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy sons of teen mothers are more likely to end up in prison and daughters of teen mothers are more likely to become teen mothers themselves
- Teenager father also don’t have much success with their education and often have difficulties finding a good job
- Teen pregnancy costs the US at least Seven Billion Dollars each year.
Another teen risk of engaging in sexual intercourse is that teenagers are more likely to be affected by a sexually transmitted disease as they are less likely to use contraception. Most sexually transmitted diseases have horrible effects and if not treated immediately they can lead to infertility, health issues and even death.
Teen mothers are also more likely to have medical and health issues during pregnancy than adults. Most teens have no education about being a parent and being pregnant and they have no idea what they need to do. A great deal of teen mothers tries to hide the fact that they are pregnant and they are endangering their child and their own health. For a teen mother to give a healthy birth she needs to have regular screenings for medical problems and information about nutrition, but most teen mothers get to this when they are in their 6th or 7th month.
There are more teen pregnancy risks to consider:
- High blood pressure is a possibility
- There is also a great risk of developing preeclampsia
- A great risk of premature birth
- Teen mothers have a great risk of developing anemia
- Great risk of developing depression
- In most cases the baby is born with low birth weight which may lead to health issues
The greatest responsibility is being a parent and we as parents need to teach our children about sexual relations and about consequences. If we educate our children, learn to communicate with them and develop deep awareness we will be able to prevent our teens from becoming parents at an early age.